Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Laing O'Rourke & Workplace Death

THE Construction Safety Campaign are organsing a wreath laying and minutes silence for Richard Laco, the worker killed last week on the Laing O'Rourke building site at Kings Cross.
2pm Thursday 14th November
Laing O’Rourke site entrance
Francis Crick Institute project
Kings Cross (behind the British Library). 

Pete Farrell (painter) Chair of Construction Safety Campaign said:
'Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Richard Laco. And we intend to hold a respectful event as an opportunity for friends and workers on the site to show a moments respect for this tragic death. Too many workers die on building sites. Too often this is because construction firms give safety a lower priority than profit. We need to make sure no other families have to suffer the heartache of losing a loved one.'

Unite Assistant General Secretary, Gail Cartmail said:
'This fatality is a tragedy and our condolences go out to the bereaved family and friends. This is a harsh reminder of the importance of high standards of health & safety in an industry that is extremely dangerous. Trade unions have a role to play in maintaining safe working environments but Laing O'Rourke has bizarrely banned Unite officials from their sites. There is no place for anti-trade union behaviour in an industry where we should be working together in the interests of safety. We urge Laing O'Rourke and its subsidiary Crown House to give Unite access to the sites to support workers and help make improvements where necessary.'
People before Profit
Mourn the Dead – Fight for the Living  

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